Quiet Desperation

Please Read This from Pat!!

Source of Inspiration

child grave

She was being normal
shoes polished
cooking meals
doing what she was
expected to do

Car pools
recycle
mashed potatoes
on a Saturday night

Normal, so very normal
until one day
she ends it all
with a bullet
while the kids were at school

But why? everyone cried.
I had no idea, said her husband.
Her mother placed a flower
on her grave
each wondering how they
had failed to know
her desperation
in a world gone mad
pretending to be normal.

More than 40 years ago
I heard this sad story
on the news.
I never forgot this woman.
How can we live together so
intimately yet be so
unaware of how another feels?

Let’s pay attention, friends, to
another’s pain; sit and listen when
they speak…care, share, love them
with open eyes and heart.

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